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Odisha magician can make Konark and Jagannath temple vanish

A magician from Odisha’s Bargarh claims that he can make Jagannath temple in Puri and Sun temple at Konark disappear for 15 seconds with his illusory expertise.

The magician has sought permission from the Archaeological Survey of India and the state culture department to perform magic on these temples.

Badasha Khan, 26, has awed the audience here with his tricks and illusions. He said: “I want to showcase my illusory skills by making the Puri temple and the Konark temple vanish, if I am given the permission.”

Khan said magic shows were on the decline and there were few magicians in the state.

“The art can be revived through extraordinary acts. I have attained the proficiency to perform ‘disappearing’ acts but the only constraint is money. I have written to the Archaeological Survey of India and state culture department to sanction permission and provide funds. To perform such illusory acts at least Rs 3 lakh will be required,” Khan said.

The magician said he had offered to donate the funds generated from his temple “act” to the chief minister’s relief fund.

“Renowned magician P.C. Sorcar Junior had made the Taj Mahal and elephants on the stage disappear. I can do the same with the Puri and Konark temples, but I need support from the government agencies,” he said.

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